Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kit Valentine Jones, Sophie's 2nd child!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has given birth to a baby son nine weeks ahead of his due date!!!

The singer and model, 29, suffered from potentially deadly pre-eclampsia as Kit Valentine was born nine weeks early, according to The Metro. Kit Valentine was delivered via emergency cesearean section at the Portland Hospital in London on February 7, although the news was only confirmed today by her mother, former "Blue Peter" presenter Janet Ellis. The boy becomes the second child for the singer and her husband, Richard Jones from The Feeling, although the delivery was not without complications.

This is the second pregnancy drama for Sophie and her husband - The Feeling bassist Richard Jones. Doctors had to perform an emergency caesarean to deliver her second son, named Kit Valentine Jones, who weighed 2lb 10z. He was immediately placed in an incubator. Sophie had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which in severe cases can cause the death of the mother and unborn baby.

Richard’s pal Dan Gillespie Sells, lead singer of The Feeling, confirmed the early arrival at last night’s Elle Style Awards. He told how the band would be going into the studio soon but he wasn’t sure when because of the happy news. He said: “Richard and Sophie had their second baby on Saturday. I’m not sure I’m supposed to let that slip.” Details of Kit's dramatic arrival were revealed on BBC Breakfast yesterday by his grandmother, who let the news slip as she was discussing the role of grandparents. Janet, 53, said: "Sophie's just had her second little boy. He was early, nine weeks early, but he is doing fine. He is doing very well."

Outside the couple's West London home yesterday, Richard, 29, said: "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't stressful. It has been dramatic, but we are very happy. We are a lot calmer this time because we have been through it all before. I'm pretty tired, I've been all my time at the hospital and I've just come home to get some stuff. It has been hard, but it's been helped because Sonny has been amazing, even though it's been so tough."

The pair already have a four-year-old boy, Sonny, who also arrived prematurely. He was born at 28 weeks and spent five weeks in hospital. Her first son, 4 ½-year-old Sonny, was delivered eight weeks prematurely in April 2004 via emergency cesarean, after the 29-year-old songstress developed the life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia.

Doctors remain confident he will be fine despite arriving after just 30 weeks. Professor James Walker, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: "The may need some help breathing - with an oxygen head box - and also maintaining its temperature. When he gets to about 5lbs he should be allowed to go home but that could take between six to eight weeks. He'll need to stay in hospital until then, until he's stronger. But it depends on the baby and how quickly they put on weight."

The singer's agent, Sundraj Srinivasan, issued a statement on behalf of the couple on Tuesday. He said: "Sophie Ellis Bextor and Richard Jones welcomed the latest addition to their family on Saturday February 7th.The happy couple have named their boy Kit Valentine Jones. Both mother and baby are doing well."

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